The list of specialists generated by your search criteria is based on the ZIP code that you entered. The information and content in the LAP-BAND® System Specialists Locator tool is provided solely by the specialists.
This list was created to support persons who want to learn more about the LAP-BAND® procedure by helping connect them to surgeons who currently have demonstrated qualifications and interest in providing good quality care using the LAP-BAND® system. The criteria for inclusion are:
(1) has completed a LAP-BAND® training course; or
(2) is affiliated with facilities that have performed 15 or more surgeries using the LAP-BAND® over the last 12 months.
Premier Practice: Physician is affiliated with facilities that have performed 30 or more surgeries using LAP-BAND in the last 12 months.
In the event someone is looking for aftercare assistance and there are no physicians on the locator within a 200 mile radius, Apollo will attempt to refer that person to the closest physician performing LAP-BAND aftercare.
The surgeons on this list pay no fee for inclusion. Some surgeons on this list may purchase products from the company, provide consulting services to the company, and/or may be a party to a co-marketing agreement with Apollo. All surgeons on this list have completed the FDA-mandated training on the safe and effective use of the LAP-BAND®. Apollo Endosurgery makes no representations or warranties regarding the skill of the surgeons or the quality of their outcomes. You and your surgeon must determine if the LAP-BAND® is the right procedure for you.
Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information
Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
CAUTION: Rx only.